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Movie Review: J Edgar

J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s new biopic of the controversial FBIdirector, is ambitious, covering 50 turbulent years, both politicallyand personally for Hoover.

Genre: Drama

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts

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J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s new biopic of the controversial FBI director, is ambitious, covering 50 turbulent years, both politically and personally for Hoover.

But as the story jumps from decade to decade, interweaving old and young versions of the characters, one can’t help but wish Eastwood had chosen one aspect of the story and told it well instead of this scattershot approach. It’s a case of too much information and too little insight.

DiCaprio, however, is remarkable — and Oscar worthy — in his ability to convincingly play Hoover not only the span of decades (it must be said he is aided by some impressive makeup) but also as a complex man, driven by fear and a lust for power.

 
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